It was a busy night for new series last night, so lets get started.
Week two of NBC’s Marry Me took an expected drop, down to 5.61 million viewers and 1.8 18-49, down five tenths from last weeks debut. It looked as if NBC hoped Marry Me would re-start their comedy lineup, but that appears unlikely. Retention from The Voice was a pitiful 47% among total viewers and 55% in the demo (although it was undoubtedly lower when you look at 830 to 9 average, as compared to the entire hour) . Two weeks in, and already below a 2.0 demo. I think NBC can do better.
ABC had some good news and bad news last night. Week four of Selfie ticked up to 3.82 million viewers and 1.1 A18-49, up a tenth from last night. No, the numbers are not good, but at least it stopped dropping, right? The same could not be said for Manhattan Love Story, which dropped even more this week, down to 2.62 million viewers and 0.7 A18-49. These numbers are just plain ugly. Look for a cancellation announcement sooner rather than later. FYI, both are pre-empted next week for Halloween specials.
Rounding out the night on ABC was a new episode of Forever. The latest episode brought in 4.95 million viewers and 1.2 A18-49, up a tenth from last weeks low. Once again, Forever grew in total viewers from Agents of Shield, while demonstrating retention of 75 percent in the demographic. Maybe a better lead in would help Forever?
Week three of CW’s The Flash took a bigger drop than last week, down to 3.59 million viewers and 1.5 A18-49. Despite dropping another two tenths, this is still huge for The CW.
Finally, reliable CBS and its latest NCIS franchise, NCIS: New Orleans continued to put up modest, but solid, numbers. Last nights episode totaled 16.13 million viewers and 2.4 A18-49, up two tenths from last weeks episode, despite added competition from the World Series. NCIS: New Orleans had one of its best retentions yet, 94 percent in total viewers and 100 percent in the demo. When is that full season order coming CBS?
Updated with finals 10/23 at 12:35am.